Phoenix man sought in alleged kidnapping, sexual assault of ex-girlfriendPosted: Updated:
Authorities are searching for a Phoenix man who allegedly kidnapped and sexually assaulted his ex-girlfriend.
Mohave County sheriff's deputies responded to a truck stop east of Kingman Saturday afternoon after the victim asked a woman in the bathroom for help.
According to the sheriff's office, the victim handed the woman a note saying, "Please help me. Call the police." The woman dialed 911 on her cellphone.
Meanwhile, 39-year-old Arnulfo Ruiz Delatorre was reportedly calling for the victim to come out. He fled when he found out authorities had been called, the sheriff's office said.
The victim was transported to Kingman Regional Medical Center with minor injuries.
Delatorre allegedly forced his ex-girlfriend to get into his vehicle Saturday morning by threatening her with a knife. He then allegedly drove her to his Phoenix home and sexually assaulted her.
The sheriff's office said Delatorre forced the victim back into his car and told her they were going to Las Vegas. She reportedly tried to escape somewhere in Yavapai County but was unsuccessful.
Delatorre and the victim got a ride to the truck stop after they ran out of gas on Interstate 40 at milepost 69, about 20 miles east of Kingman.
Delatorre allegedly broke the victim's phone, and threatened to kill her children and grandchildren if she called police.
Phoenix police have contacted the victim's children and grandchildren, according to the sheriff's office.
Authorities located and towed Delatorre's vehicle, but he is outstanding. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the sheriff's office at 928-753-0753 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.